Lee Odden

WinJournal – New Windows Desktop Blog Client

Lee Odden     Blogging Strategy

WinJournalMariner Software is getting ready to release their new blogging client called WinJournal. If you’ve used a Mac, then you may be familiar with MacJournal. Well it’s the same idea, just for Windows users.

WinJournal aims to bring journaling, blogging and podcasting into one application. Its blogging capabilities tie into MovableType, TypePad, WordPress, Live Journal, Blogger and Windows Spaces. You can even publish your entries to a web server via FTP. Not sure if that includes an RSS feed or not, but it does sound like a great option. Or you can just use WinJournal write your own entries that don’t get published.

Some of the other options include wiki style links, spell check, auto save, security/encryption, WYSIWYG text editor, calendar, multiple journals, labels, full screen mode and tabs. There is also a skins manager to change the look an feel of WinJournal. This is good as the default skin under XP isn’t good. I switched it to WLM and it is much nicer.

Overall, it looks as if WinJournal has a lot of nice features. The folks over at MarinerSoftware are working hard on creating a quality desktop blog client and it’s well on its way.

If you’d like to try WinJournal, head over to the beta page and give it a spin. It’s free while in beta and worth the checkout.


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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he's the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on B2B marketing topics including content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he's likely running, traveling or cooking up something new.


  1. I used to use w.Bloggar and they are still around, but it appears that they have not updated their code for the new Blogger — could not post. Same thing with RocketPost. But WinJournal posted no problem — only thing was, I had no idea which blog it was posting to.

    The interface looks second rate, and a lot of the options do not work. I was hoping to at least have template/preview portion working, but you click on them and nothing happens.

    Still I can whip up a basic quick post with the thing and post it. Nothing fancy about that — Notepad on steroids.

  2. I know Mariner is usually really good about getting feedback. I’d encourage you to let them know you thoughts to help make the official 1.0 version the best it can be.

  3. I have already dumped it. Went with ScribeFire for Firefox instead and very happy with it. Having an editor plugged into your browser is sweet.

    Plus the other perks: injects Technorati tags into the post body, sends same tags to Delicious, click and drag text or images from the browser into the post, pseudo-Live preview, queries Technorati for Authority and backlinks of the tab you are viewing (this is good for getting other commentary on your post), ftp support, multi-blog platform support (all of the biggies anyway). And other odds and ends.

    There are some features that I would like to see added on future releases. But I think everybody has opinions on that sort of thing. 😉

  4. Fabulous effort for a version 1 product. It has motivated me to start recording my life. The blogging and audio or added bonus for me.

  5. ScribeFire is nice, I agree, but it doesn’t do audio and video. 🙂 Plus, WinJournal can work offline for those that just want a personal journal.